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Corn Hole at Dogfish Head

Last year, when my son had not yet started school we used to wander around looking for “adventures, or at least new things to see and do.”

I am almost ashamed to admit this, but I took him to Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton. Yup, I am a bad mommy. I took my son to a brewery. Ah, but wait. This is not just any brewery. This is Dogfish Head, and this place is cool. Believe it or not, it is even kid friendly, just don’t take them inside.

We did not go on the tour of the brewery for obvious reasons, but we did not need to. There was plenty to do outside. Dogfish is tucked away off Chestnut Street in Milton in Cannery Village Center. It is hidden off the main street that runs through Milton and it is tucked back near trees.

When you pull up, don’t expect some big old ugly factory. This is Dogfish. They do things a bit differently. You first notice the Dogfish shark made out of rusted metal. It looks like a cutout. Then you see the big huge green silos, and this treehouse made of twisted metal. My son really, really wanted to go up there. Sorry, that is not allowed. It is still pretty neat to look at.

A  food truck called Bunyan’s Lunchbox is parked on the side of the building.  It serves up food that pairs well with beer. Go figure. You get can a bag of peanuts for $1, Joe’s chips for $2, Vegetarian Chili for $4. They offer pulled pork sandwiches, a Ruben and grilled cheese. All of the sandwiches are less than $10. It is actually a pretty good deal. The lunch truck is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In the courtyard, next to the food truck, are picnic tables, corn hole, and a bocce ball court. My son and I played some rounds of corn hole. It actually was our first introduction to this very fun game. (We are now the owners of a corn hole set.)

We also played some bocce ball, too. We didn’t really follow the rules, but it was a lot of fun.

If you have kids, sitting outside playing a round of corn hole and eating grilled cheese sandwiches is actually quite pleasant and not a bad way to spend the afternoon.

If you go Dogfish Head after 3 p.m., but before 6 p.m. on a Friday during the summer season, you can also hit the Milton Farmers’ Market. The Farmers’ Market is held at Dogfish’s parking lot. The market features live music. Live music is pretty big on Delmarva. Want to know who is playing? Click here. The farmers market also has a lot of good food, and of course, fresh fruits and vegetables. Want to see who has a stand? Click here

 

 

No GMOs here: The best darn peaches and watermelons ever

Only about two more weeks and The Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market opens!

If you live on Delmarva, you have access to some of the best produce out there. Farmers’ markets abound. I have never really been a fan of watermelon until I tried the watermelon here. It is light. It has flavor. It breaks off easily when you bite into it.

It is the best watermelon I have ever tasted. Heck, Delmarva has a Watermelon Queen. Technically she is the Delmar Watermelon Queen, but you get the gist. If you have a queen, you’d better have some good watermelon.

The Rehoboth Farmers’ Market has great watermelon, but it also has excellent peaches grown down the road in Frankford. It also has 44 vendors selling everything from produce to hand-crafted sausage to ice cream. For a complete list of vendors click here.

The Farmers’ Market is located off to the left, as you come into Rehoboth Beach from the circle. You cannot miss the big white tents in Grove Park. It is an excellent place to come with your kids if you are looking for fresh food and a peaceful place to sit down and enjoy a picnic or perhaps just a break from the beach.

The market is located right next to Grove Park. It also is near the Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, which is pretty neat (it has a train inside), and the Rehoboth Beach Museum. The Beach Museum is also worth a visit. A new restaurant called EGG also opened across the street. We haven’t tried it yet, but we will. It is hard to go wrong with eggs and bacon, plus we hear they have parking. That is always a plus in Rehoboth Beach.

One thing that makes Rehoboth Farmers’ Market a little different from other markets is Paul Cullen. You will hear him before you see him. He is unassuming picking at his guitar strings. The songs he plays have a jazz feel to them.

He is a nice guy. My son loves music and is fascinated with musicians. So we stopped. My son chatted up Cullen, and he was very kind and patient with my 5-year-old’s many, many questions.

I did not realize this until later, but Cullen is a personal chef, guitarist and a sommelier. He also is a former bassist for the band Bad Company. Delmarva is full of surprises. If you really want to make your vacation special and impress guests, you might stop and ask Cullen about his services.

The Rehoboth Farmers’ Market is open on Tuesdays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you are interested in other farmers’ markets in Southern Delaware click here.

 

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